October 07, 2010
E.B.'s journals captivate me. Stillness lives in their pages, and I think in her heart. The watercolors dance across the pages, and her pages never fail to inspire me to pull out my own watercolors and try yet again.
Watercolors pretty much do want they want to do....a good exercise in letting go of any illusions of being in control...practice in detaching myself from the outcome!
I pushed them a bit, mixing a thicker paint and playing with printing...it works! Well, it works if youi surrender to the idea that you won't get a "perfect" print, but rather a sort of soft blobby one. The paint runs a bit, and it's all so delicously imperfect, just like life.
Imperfection holds quite a bit of joy, I think. Practice doesn't always make perfect, and that's okay. Actually, it's more than okay - it's part of being human. Machines make "perfect:" people make art.
Ohh I love it!
Posted by: chel | October 07, 2010 at 05:51 PM
These pages are delicious! I LOVE the print. LOVE it. I couldn't agree with you more about imperfection. I think the push to be perfect is really soul killing sometimes.
Posted by: Effy | October 07, 2010 at 09:19 PM
how I do yearn for
the joy and abandon
in contrast to
(well - not domestically speaking here)
for your expert and most valued encouragement...
xox - eb.
Posted by: elizabeth bunsen | October 07, 2010 at 09:59 PM
just one more thing:
let it drip
let it rip...
so will I
much love to you,
xox - eb.
Posted by: elizabeth bunsen | October 07, 2010 at 10:03 PM
Oh you are so right: machine makes perfect. people make art. I will remember that.
Posted by: MissKoolAid | October 08, 2010 at 06:32 PM
Hello from Iowa! Delighted to find your lovely blog! Your journal pages are luscious! Thanks so much for sharing! It would be so great to be a child in your class....and seeing the journals you share with them. How inspiring! Have a great day!
Posted by: Dreaming Bear | October 18, 2010 at 10:07 AM